Support for Research and Travel

Scope:  Who is Covered by this Policy?

Graduate Students


Types of Support Available

Graduate students can apply to four types of graduate awards given to recognize significant student achievement; to support unusual expenses associated with their master or dissertation research; and to fund travel to meetings, conferences, and workshops.

The Graduate Students’ Achievement Fund 

A committee chaired by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School administers a fund used to recognize significant achievement in any research or creative activity that has been recognized by some external (to the home department) organization. Application forms, eligibility criteria, and deadlines are available on the Graduate School’s website

Thesis and Dissertation Research Support 

The Dean of the Graduate School will entertain requests for unusual expenses associated with a student’s research for the master’s thesis or the doctoral dissertation. Application forms, eligibility criteria, and deadlines are available on the Graduate School's website.

Graduate Student Association (G.S.A.) Travel Assistance Fund 

The G.S.A. Travel Assistance Fund is designed to reimburse graduate students for travel to meetings, conventions, conferences, and workshops sponsored by professional organizations. The fund is financially supported by the Graduate School and administered by G.S.A. Questions about the fund or the process should be directed to the G.S.A. officers. Student should submit their request for travel reimbursement after they have received notification that their abstract has been accepted by the conference. The application for the G.S.A. Travel Fund is available on the Graduate School website. 



Related Form(s)

Not Applicable.

Additional Resources and Procedures



Not Applicable.

Policy Administration

Next Review Date


Responsible Officer


Legal Authority

Not Applicable.

Compliance Policy


Revision History

 Edited November 2021; Amended July 2023

Reference ID

Graduate Handbook 2.2

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